1% for the Arts Program

About the Program

Pierce County's One Percent for the Arts ordinance directs publicly-funded construction projects, with costs exceeding $100,000, to allocate one percent of the project budget for public art.

This program supports our mission to increase access to the arts for all Pierce County residents through a lasting legacy of publicly held artwork located in county-owned or county-leased facilities.

Upcoming Art Projects

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Chambers Creek Regional Park "Swoon" Project

Pierce County’s Arts Commission has selected a design for a public art piece at Chambers Creek Regional Park that compels people to place 'Love Locks’ onto the art structure instead of the existing bridge cables. The design is reflective of the natural environment at Chambers Bay and the industrial history of the site. Learn more about the project by clicking here.

Rotating Art Collection

The Pierce County rotating artwork collection is installed in public spaces throughout Pierce County buildings. The art collection, part of the 1% for the Arts Program administered by the Pierce County Economic Development Department, provides cultural enrichment to Pierce County residents. Works in painting, photography, mixed media, prints and fiber arts comprise the collection of more than 100 works of art. The Collection can found in the following departments:

  • Annex
  • Executive
  • Human Services
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • Lakewood Community Center
    • Meridian Habitat Park & Community Center
    • Sprinker Recreation Center

Permanent Art Collection

Steel LED light art hanging from ceiling
Roadworks, 2008 by Paul Sorey
Steel, LED lights, computer processor
Central Maintenance Facility
4812 196th St. E, Spanaway
Colorful hand-blown and leaded glass art window
Reemergence, 2008 by Benjamin Moore and Dick Weiss
Hand-blown and leaded glass
Emergency Operations Center
2501 Building, Tacoma
Stainless steel and concrete cribbbage benches
Cribbage Benches, 2007 by Paul Sorey
Stainless steel and concrete benches
Meridian Habitat Park 
14422 Meridian E, South Hill Puyallup
Relief art of vines
13 Compositions, 2007 by Garth Edwards
Brushed aluminum relief on panel, enameled frame
County City Building, B Wing floors 2-4
930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma
Stone piller
Naches Pillars, 2005 by Douglas C. Granum
Basalt columns and benches
Heritage Park (128th St. E at 94th Ave. E)
South Hill, Puyallup
Leaf fence art made of textured stainless steel
Leaf Fence, 2005 by Ries Niemi
Textured stainless steel
County City Building, West Entrance Court
Nollmeyer Lane, Tacoma
Mosaic tile portrait of woman
Points of Perspective, 2003 by Laura Brodax
Sixteen mosaic tile panels
Detention Center, interior hallway
Ninth & Yakima, Tacoma
Note: Not open for viewing
Exterior shot of brick Detention Center and exterior windows
Continuum, 2001 by Kelly McLain
Patinated copper on glass blocks
Detention Center, exterior windows
Ninth & Yakima, Tacoma
Bird art on a brick wall mased of fused glass panels
As Above, So Below, 2000 by Richard LaLonde and
Michael F. Dupille
Fused glass panels
Parking Structure
Ninth Ave. & Yakima, Tacoma
Spiral structure made of glass and powder coated steel
Spiral of Life, 2000 by Mark Eric Gulsrud
Glass, powder coated steel
Remann Hall, parking turn-around
5501 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Aluminum heart sculpture
Aqua Heart, 1998 by Steve Jensen
Aluminum sculpture
South Hill Sheriff's Precinct
271 John Bananola Way E, Puyallup
Glass, plexiglas and stainless steel art
Eye of the Storm & Escape, 1991 by Douglas J. Hansen
Glass, Plexiglas, stainless steel
LESA Building
2415 S 35th St, Tacoma
Purple and blue fused glass, metal panel art

Courage, 1990 by Elizabeth Mapelli
Fused glass, metal panel 
County City Building, Entrance Court 
930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

PierceCo Courthouse Rail-Canopy_002

CCB West Entry Canopy Handrail by Chris Spadafore

Powder-coated metal panels
County City Building, West Entry
930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

Meridian Habitat Pk Art 2018.12_003_smaller

Sway by Chris Spadafore
Sculptural stalks
Meridian Habitat Park

14422 Meridian E, South Hill Puyallup

A printable map to Pierce County public art projects.